Make it on Trend with Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Pantone color of the year MarsalaThis was not the topic that I was supposed to post about, but I got so excited with Pantone’s announcement of its color of the year that the blog entry I had in my mind would have to wait to be posted on another day.

For this year, Pantone chose the color Marsala as Color of the Year 2015. As described by Pantone, Marsala is a bold, earthy hue, which to me appears like a mixture of red and brown and is a very, very close relative of maroon, wine, and burgundy.

That's me in the middle in my Marsala-ish skirt from Mossimo. See the height difference between me and my friends? XD (That girl on my farthest left -- your farthest right -- is my younger sister.)

That’s me in the middle in my Marsala-ish skirt from Mossimo. See the height difference between me and my friends? XD (That girl on my farthest left — your farthest right — is my younger sister.)

What made me so excited about this shade becoming the color the year is that I have had a love affair with this color and shades close to it for a long time now. I think that it embodies more class, elegance, timelessness, and versatility, compared with Pantone’s choices in the last three years (Radiant Orchid for 2014, Emerald for 2013, and Tangerine Tango for 2012). Fashion-wise, it suits a wider range of skin tones and colors. But now, as I come to think of it, for me it seems to suit ALL skin tones and colors, as it perfectly matches warm and dark skin tones and is a beautiful contrast to cool and light ones.

On my lips is Mac Diva, my favorite lippie at the moment. Hair and makeup by me :)

On my lips is Mac Diva, my favorite lippie at the moment. Hair and makeup by me 🙂

Now, the lipstick lover in me says that I should recommend my readers some shades they can try to be on trend this year. I got so happy to know that my all-time favourite lipstick shade – Mac Diva – somehow falls in the Marsala spectrum. Whenever I wear this shade, I never fail to get compliments and inquiries as to what shade or brand I am wearing, or where they can get it. Admittedly,  it is mostly the ladies who appreciate this daring lipstick shade, as the men seem to get appalled by bold shades like this, and that’s why my advice is to be courageous and confident enough to try it, as trust me: it really looks good.

Mac Diva (matte)

Mac Diva, Php850 (around $20)

Aside from Mac Diva, here are other Marsala-inspired lipstick shades that you can try even for just this year. Who knows you might decide to stick with them even when Marsala’s reign ends?

Wet n' Wild Mega Last in Cherry Bomb (matte), Php150-Php180 (approx $3.50)

Wet n’ Wild Mega Last in Cherry Bomb, Php150-Php180 (around $3.50)

Revlon Colorburst™ Matte Balm in Standout, approx. Php550 (about $13)

Revlon Colorburst™ Matte Balm in Standout, Php525 (around $12)

Lime Crime Clueless Witch Velvetines in Wicked, Php950 (around $23)

Lime Crime Clueless Witch Velvetines in Wicked, Php950 (around $23)

LA Splash Lip Couture Liquid Lip Color in Malevolent, Php500 (around $11.50)

LA Splash Lip Couture Liquid Lip Color in Malevolent, Php500 (around $11.50)

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme was also launched last December 26 and might just be considered the “official” Marsala lip color, since it’s from Pantone. However, I don’t think it is locally available, since we don’t have any Sephora shops here in the Philippines, but you can check Lazada or Zalora, since I believe they carry Sephora products. Mac and Revlon have shops in various malls around the country, while you can buy Lime Crime, Wet n’ Wild, and LA Splash products online. I regularly buy mine from Instagram online seller @thebeautyjunkieph and www.dtcmakeup.com. 🙂

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme, $28, available at http://www.sephora.com

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4 thoughts on “Make it on Trend with Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

  1. Love this post! 😀 My face has been glued to my pc looking for the best vampy red lipstick for Winter; I’ll probably go for Mac Diva, although Limecrime Wicked looks amazing too. 😀

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